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Breaking since I change printhead

My DTC525 printer is continuosly breaking the ribbon since I change the printhead

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Re: breaking since I change printhead

If your TOF value is too great then this will also result in the ribbon being broken. Try reducing this value.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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Re: breaking since I change printhead

Hi, i think you must to adjust tension of ribbon.Go to menu and find adjustmento for tension,and try to adjust to "-" or "+" value, in small increaments.Print card and if no results,try again.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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